The pandemic has now surpassed 5 million reported cases, according to Johns Hopkins University, and 328,000 deaths. The numbers reflect new hot spots, like Saudi Arabia's 62,000 cases. Along with other hard-hit Gulf nations, the kingdom is reimposing lockdowns that had been lifted for Ramadan. America, the worst-hit country with 1.5 million known infections and 93,400 deaths, continues to battle over lifting restrictions. New research suggests that starting lockdowns one week earlier would have saved 36,000 lives, but advocates of reopening argue that shutting people in keeps them from routine checkups and worsens other health issues.
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